From Dec. 1 through Jan. 2, it is also Christmas Eve 1912 at Hildene, and The Lincoln Family Home is looking as it should as Robert and Mary prepare for the holiday. Christmas 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the family's holiday at Hildene, their Vermont getaway. A selection of holiday tunes from Robert Lincoln's collection of Aeolian pipe organ music fills the house daily. On weekends local musicians bring the organ or Mary Harlan Lincoln's Steinway to life with their talents.
For a current schedule of music on weekends, visit the website.
If open house shoppers wish to extend their Hildene experience with a visit to the mansion decorated for the holidays, the Pullman car, Sunbeam, or Hildene Farm, guest passes are available for purchase at the Welcome Center. During regular hours, 9:30 to 4:30, interpreters and staff are on hand to answer questions about the home's history and famous residents. Admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children under 14. Members, volunteers and children under six-years-old are free. Self-guided tours are included in general admission. Reservations are required for guided tours of the home November through May: $5 for adults; $2 for youth; children under six-years-old, members and volunteers are free.